Fermented black beans or douchi (豆豉) in spicy mackerel taste so good with porridge. They are the best and my favorite. This canned food is in fact the only food I know that uses fermented black beans. I’ve never eaten any other fermented black beans dish at home (except the one mentioned above) or in restaurant before. Weird I know (this being Chinese ingredient)
Chinese fermented black beans or douchi (豆豉) is made by fermenting and salting soybeans. The process turns the beans black, soft, and mostly dry. The flavor is sharp, pungent, and spicy in smell, with a taste that is salty and somewhat bitter and sweet. ~source from wiki
Why do I like fermented black beans? It’s mainly because of the slight bitter and salty taste that pow-wow (power wow – my own language haha) my senses. Here is one recipe that uses this lovely black beans. I must say I’m glad I found this recipe in my mom’s cookbook.
Behold… fried crispy beancurd cubes with fermented black beans.
Yes it’s fried but it’s crispy. Yes it involves SALTY fermented black beans which happens to pair really well with beancurd/tofu.
Fermented black beans. Bought this from ‘pasar malam’ (night market) at RM0.50.
Let’s start cooking…
Chopped garlic, chilies and flat leaf parsley (tsk I’m using coriander haha); and slice the prawns into cubes. Please ignore the size of the ginger. It was too big actually. Hehe Remember to soak fermented black beans beforehand.
Tip: How to distinguish coriander and continental parsley visually? Continental parsley leaves are slightly pointy while its more rounded for the case of coriander (cilantro).
Deep fry the beancurds in hot oil until golden brown.
This is the oil that I used previously for frying lotus roots which is just enough for shallow-frying.
Remove the extra oil in the wok, remaining only 1 tablespoon oil.
Lastly add seasoning (light soy sauce, sugar, pepper, sesame oil) and water. Stir-fry in high heat until liquid is absorbed. That’s it. Plate it and garnish with flat leaf parsley and cucumber on the side. Believe me the cucumber has 2 roles to play. One as garnish, two to add crunch to the dish.
Eat it with cucumber. Remember.
Hope you like it. 🙂
Fried Crispy Beancurd Cubes with Fermented Black Beans
Adapted from Beancurd Flavor
3 pieces hard beancurd, cleaned
30g medium prawns (chopped into cubes or without) (Initial recipe uses 30g vegetarian chicken)
1-2 red chilies (chopped)
2 teaspoons fermented salted black beans (soaked)
1 teaspoon chopped flat leaf parsley (also called Italian parsley)
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
2 tablespoons water
4cm cucumber (sliced into semi-circle) – optional
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1. Slice hard beancurd into square cubes. Deep-fry/shallow fry in hot oil until they are crispy and golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and stir-fry ginger and fermented salted black beans until fragrant.
3. Then add red chilies and stir-fry for a moment until aromatic.
4. Add the fried beancurd cubes and prawns. Mix well. Lastly add all the seasoning and water. Stir constantly over high heat until liquid is absorbed. Plate it and garnish with flat leaf parsley and cucumber on the side (a good addition to the dish).